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Google, Dropbox and Apple accused of not clarifying terms and conditions of the consumers’ data in Italy

Apple, Google and Dropbox can be the center of the investigation carried out in Italy on cloud services. Complaints associated with terms and conditions about human data recorded.

As per an announcement made by the Italy competition authorities, it is said that they will be looking into the cloud storage services very soon. The cloud storage services will be from Apple, Dropbox and Google. Many types of complaints are registered against the companies.

Source: Google, Dropbox and Apple accused of not clarifying terms and conditions of the consumers’ data in Italy – Investor Telegraph

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here’s Why

Requests are rising from law enforcement for information on the devices, which can include internet queries, food orders, and overheard conversations.

When police and prosecutors collect smart home or speaker data, it’s typically used as evidence against suspects. Smart home devices and wearables have a growing role in police investigations.

Full article: Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here’s Why | WIRED

TikTok is being investigated by France’s data watchdog

A French data protection authority (CNIL) now has an open investigation into the TikTok. CNIL investigates how the app handles user data in May 2020, following a complaint related to a request to delete a video.

Complaint-triggered investigation into TikTok has since widened to include issues related to transparency requirements about how it processes user data; users’ data access rights; transfers of user data outside the EU; and steps the platform takes to ensure the data of minors is adequately protected — a key issue, given the app’s popularity with teens.

Source: TikTok is being investigated by France’s data watchdog | TechCrunch

Barclays faces ICO probe for ‘spying on staff’

The watchdog is investigating allegations the firm used computer monitoring software to track employees.

The British bank has been known in the past to use employee-tracking software such as Sapience and OccupEye. Sapience is used for tracking employees’ productivity by monitoring their computer usage, while OccupEye tracks the time that is spent by employees at their desks.

Source: Barclays faces ICO probe for ‘spying on staff’ | IT PRO

Twitter notifies Irish DPC about hack

Social media company Twitter has officially informed Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) of a cyberattack involving high-profile accounts.

The DPC is reviewing the notification and has yet to decide if to launch an investigation into the incident, according to media reports.

Source: Twitter notifies Irish DPC about hack

UK and Aussie privacy watchdogs to investigate Clearview AI

Privacy authorities in the UK and Australia have announced a joint investigation into Clearview AI, a US firm which provides facial recognition technologies.

The investigation will aim to understand whether the data scraping activities of Clearview AI are legal with respect to the Australian Privacy Act 1988 and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.

Source: UK and Aussie privacy watchdogs to investigate Clearview AI – Telecoms.com

EU watchdog sets up TikTok task force, warns on Clearview AI software

Chinese video app TikTok’s practices are to be examined by an EU task force, the bloc’s privacy watchdog said on Wednesday, which also warned EU police forces against using facial recognition software from U.S. company Clearview AI.

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) said it would set up a task force to assess TikTok’s activities across the bloc after a request from an EU lawmaker concerned about its data collection methods and security and privacy risks. The task force will coordinate potential actions and seek an overview of TikTok’s processing and practices across the EU, the EDPB said in a statement.

Source: EU watchdog sets up TikTok task force, warns on Clearview AI software – Reuters

Irish regulator reaches preliminary decision in Twitter privacy probe

Twitter may be the first big technology firm to face a fine by the EU’s lead regulator under the region’s tougher data protection rules after it submitted a preliminary decision in a probe into the social media firm to other member states.

The Twitter ruling relates to a 2019 probe into a bug in its Android app, where some users’ protected tweets were made public. Twitter is the subject of two of the 20 other inquiries the DPC had open into big tech firms at the end of 2019.

The DPC is not commenting on the substance of the preliminary Twitter decision at this point, Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle told Reuters.

Source: Irish regulator reaches preliminary decision in Twitter privacy probe – EURACTIV.com

EU privacy regulators investigate Apple’s handling of Siri snippets again

Apple is facing fresh questions from its lead data protection regulator in Europe following a public complaint by a former contractor who revealed last year that workers doing quality grading for Siri were routinely overhearing sensitive user data.

Responding to the latest Apple complaint from le Bonniec, the DPC’s deputy commissioner, Graham Doyle, told TechCrunch: “The DPC engaged with Apple on this issue when it first arose last summer and Apple has since made some changes. However, we have followed up again with Apple following the release of this public statement and await responses.”

Source: Apple’s handling of Siri snippets back in the frame after letter of complaint to EU privacy regulators | TechCrunch

Norwegian DPA launches investigation into Disqus

The Norwegian data protection authority has launched an investigation into Disqus for allegedly collecting information about Norwegians through comment areas of websites without proper information.

DPA noted that in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data processing must be legal and transparent and that, in light of this, collecting data without providing prior information is problematic. DPA stated that it has sent a letter to Disqus requesting answers on the investigated practices.

Source: Requires statement from Disqus | Inspectorate

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